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    NGD! 2020 SG Special

    You got an excellent instrument... don't fuss. Enjoy what you got, so many other players get so bunged up, they come aboard here and complain that they thought they were getting a pristine guitar but there's a FLAW on it...OMG! WTF, Gibson! You can always buy somebody else's problems at your...
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    Intonation flat on wraparound with no travel left

    follow what the good Doctor says, and use either a pigtail design which is intonatable or use this: https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-hardware/bridges-and-tailpieces/bridges-and-tailpieces-for-electric-guitar/golden-age-lightning-bolt-wraparound-bridge
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    Even good players get anal with new guitars

    If the guitar is new, that's under warranty. A new nut would solve the problem. If it was mine, and I liked the tone and the playability of the instrument, I'd take it to the best luthier I know and get a bone nut made by an expert. You could also send it back to Gibson for a new nut. The...
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    Silver lettered pick up selector switch poker chip

    You and Dan are right, those ebony top hats are beautiful and much better than any plastic thing. I bought some, and installed them on my silver burst SG, but ended up wanting witch hats for that instrument. I put the Ebony top hats on my bass, and they go really well with the wood. If you are...
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    Silver lettered pick up selector switch poker chip

    or drill a hole in a REAL poker chip and use that... *Grins or a silver fifty cent piece. I don't really get it about Gibson's "Rhythm/Treble" dichotomy. Maybe it's from the early days of Les Paul guitars when Gibson thought they should indicate how to use the instrument. But that was seventy...
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    Silver lettered pick up selector switch poker chip

    How about NO lettering? The easy part of this mod is that you just go down to the hardware store and buy a stainless steel washer with a 1/2" hole. It costs less than a dollar. Now you don't have anybody telling you which pickup to use to play whatever you play. I don't like plastic things on...
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    Why do some players hate Gibson so much?

    the OP's original question was: Why do some players hate Gibson? I'll admit that I don't know. Maybe it's because they are expensive, and players resent that. That's understandable. Maybe it's that musicians can be perfectionists. Anyone fool enough (or rich enough) to pay Gibson's top prices...
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    Tribute rosewood fretboard comment/question.

    very true... the video I posted is old, but it's only the beginning of the story. There are more follow-up videos. I posted it because it states the problem clearly. And you are also right about what's driving the shortages: It's not guitar makers... it's the new economic muscle of the Chinese...
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    Tribute rosewood fretboard comment/question.

    Let's face it... here in 2022 at the shag end of the "tropical tone wood" era, the guitar makers use whatever they can get. Tropical tone wood used to be easy to get (for the manufacturers) and readily available for cabinet makers and luthiers and for Stew Mac and Warmoth and other suppliers...
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    Noisy Humbuckers

    I agree with Don... it's not likely your pickups. It's simply a faulty ground in the guitar as he describes. Something isn't connected to the ground wire, and everything should be. I'd suspect the string ground, the wire that goes from the control cavity ground to the studs of the bridge. That...
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    Who is Your Favorite…

    Samantha Fish among modern players, along with Derek Trucks. But of course, being a teen in the sixties gave me total appreciation for the SG, because if a guy wanted a new Gibson guitar in the sixties there was only the SG... Les Pauls had been discontinued in 1961 due to lack of interest...
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    Help identifying a SG model

    Gibson used to offer a service where they'd check your guitar's serial number and tell you when and where it was made, and what it was originally equipped with. I don't know if they still do, but it's worth looking for. Gibson serial numbers from the late sixties through the seventies are very...
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    SG Tribute Refinish - What Color?

    I own a 2012 SG special with a baked maple fretboard. The baked maple was a substitute material that Gibson was forced into using... The government had raided Gibson's warehouse and confiscated all their rosewood and ebony (and maybe mahogany) and. accused Gibson of obtaining the wood on the...
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    New Bands Don't Play Gibsons

    if successful bands with young performers are playing only Fenders (and/or other non Gibbies), that leaves an entry point for even younger bands that aren't successful yet. Give 'em SGs... give 'em Firebirds, give 'em Vees and maybe they'll be the NBT next year, because they sound different...
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    Water damaged 69 SG

    Welcome to ETSG! I too am very sympathetic to you over what happened to your guitar. A basement flood is a sickening thing for everyone, especially the people who have to live with it. So if you can forgive the ones who neglected your instrument, all the better. What to do about the fine old...


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